DO YOU LIKE YOUR NOVEL’S CHARACTERS?

You’ve got a flow going. The inciting incident is spot on and the pacing is running at a good clip. But that one character?

There is something you like about her otherwise you would have thrown her out a long time ago. But as you read through your manuscript with an objective eye, you notice she might as well be a fly on the wall without eyes. She’s already got a motivation towards her purpose but something’s missing.

Here are a few ideas:

  • What is she afraid of?
  • What flaws does she have?
  • Shape her background/history so we better understand what made her “tick” to life in the first place.
  • Show her personality through her actions and creative dialogue.
  • Give her some interests other than star gazing.
  • What are the quirky qualities that make her memorable?
  • Is she a relatable character that holds common ground with the human reader?
  • How does she handle struggle and crisis? (Shrugs don’t count)
  • Make your reader fight for your character’s right to be in the book! (Or, make your character fight to remain)

Keep your characters alive!

Here’s a link for more on the topic.

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